Prince Harry has blamed the Capitol Hill invasion and the continuous harassment of his family on social media.
Prince Harry pleaded for social media regulation and said “time is running out”.
He said big-tech internet firms needed to be held accountable after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the building in Washington on January 6. Five people died including a Capitol police officer.
“We are losing loved ones to conspiracy theories,” he went on, “losing a sense of self because of the barrage of mistruths, and at the largest scale, losing our democracies.”
When asked about the “well-documented online harassment” he and wife Meghan Markle experienced while in the UK, Harry says that false reports circulated through social media contributed greatly.
“I was really surprised to witness how my story had been told one way, my wife’s story had been told one way, and then our union sparked something that made the telling of that story very different,” he said.
“That false narrative became the mothership for all of the harassment you’re referring to. It wouldn’t have even begun had our story just been told truthfully.”
“We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded,” he continued. “There is no way to downplay this. There was a literal attack on democracy in the United States, organized on social media, which is an issue of violent extremism.”